Renate Jakupca of the Siebenbuergen Saxons along with her husband David Jakupca in 1987 created a revolutionary method for making a sustainable culture of Peace for All the Worlds Children and establishing a whole new scientific field in Environmental Arts and Culture. Her pioneering work on Peace through the ‘Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts’ has had a significant impact on future peace endeavors and research. A risk-taker, Ambassador Renate has always done things her way: Committed to preserving our planet, she has dedicated her life to finding new and intelligent solutions to address the environmental challenge. Passionate and determined, she is convinced that education for all is the key to a better peaceful world and, through her work at the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA), she hopes to contribute to promoting Sustainable Global Peace as a Science for a captivating and fun career path for all the Worlds Children.
“…..Nach dem Staatsstreich vom 23 August 1944 und der Kriegserklarung Rumaniens am Deutschland zwei Tage spatter spitzte sich die Sicherheitslage Anfang September fur einige sachsische Gemainden im sogenannten Szeklerzipfel bzw. im ungarisch-rumanischen Grenzraum bedrohlich zu. Als deren unmittelbare Folge kam es fur Tausende von alteren Menschen, Frauen und Kindern zure ubersturzten Flucht, die fur einige den Tod, fur die moisten Not, Elend und Heimatverlust mit sich brachte. Im Folgenden soll die Chronologie der militarischen Ereignizze in diesen dramatischen Spatsommertagen nachgezeichnet warden”.
ARK in Berea: “…..Only two days after the coup of 23 August 1944 and the declaration of war on Germany, the security situation beginning in September became threatening for some Saxon Communities in the so-called Székely tip or in the Hungarian Romanian border region. The direct result of the coup was death for some people, but for most poverty, misery and loss of home for some tens of thousands of older people, women and children. This is the beginning of the chronology of the military events that started on that dramatic late summer day. When Romania signed a peace treaty with the Soviets in 1944, the German military began withdrawing the Saxons from Transylvania: Around 100,000 Germans fled before the Soviet Red Army, but Romania did not conduct the expulsion of Germans as did neighboring countries at war’s end. However, more than 10 Million people including 70,000 Transylvania Saxons ‘disappeared’ after they were arrested by the Soviet Army for alleged cooperation with Germany”.
Because they were considered Auslandsdeutsche (“Germans abroad”) by the German government, the Saxons had the right to German citizenship. Consequently, numerous Saxons emigrated to Germany and Austria. Renate’s Father, Hans Gottschick, who was born in Waltersdorf, was drafted into the German Army and became a POW in Linz, Austria. After he was was discharge, moved to Ried in Immkreis, Austria where Renate was born. The Gottschick Family later emigrated from Austria to Ohio City in Cleveland, Ohio where many of the German/Saxon immigrants congregated. They all lived in an apartment building near the Westside Market until permanent housing and jobs could be found. Across the street from the apartment was St. Emeric Hungarian Catholic Church. In those years, shopping at the Westside Market was pretty much of a daily ritual. There were no big malls. Fries and Schuele was also a store which was visited frequently. It was not easy in those years coming to a new country and life, but there was a bond and togetherness with the German community that is still talked about today. Families in the The Greater Cleveland German community still support each other to this day. Friendships were always cherished amongst the communities. When Renate was very young, going to the Westside Sachsenheim was always special. There were holiday events for children which we always looked forward to. To this day, these events are still going on at the Sachsenheim. Renate met her husband, David, at the Sachsenheim when his family help start the Deutshe Musik Verein (German Music School). Renate is an active Member of Branch 4 of the Alliance of Transylvania Saxons. Sachsenheim is a very special historical place with many memories for them and other people, too. They also remember going to the Hofbrau Haus (which was the Eastside Sachsenheim) on East 55th Street which would have dances every Friday and Saturday nights. You would always see the ethnic community there on those nights! Steve Bensic who started the Hofbrau Haus had a beautiful European setting, and not only for the Germans, but it was a place where all European immigrants could congregate and enjoy themselves. Renate and David used to go to the Hofbrau Haus on Friday and Saturday nights before they got married and they always said how special the place was. It is still talked about today. Since most of the Germans/Saxon were Lutheran, they went to Teutsch Evangelical Lutheran Church, which the Saxons started. Renate married David in 1973 and the celebration afterwords at the Sachsenheim went to 6AM. They moved to Berea, Ohio and soon afterwards a distinctly off-center collection of counter culture hippies, agrarians, artists, musicians, anarchists, philosophers, immigrants, nudists, students, writers, and some vegetarians started to assemble informally around a primitive campfire at their home in the woods up on banks of the Rocky River in Berea, Ohio. David and Renate Jakupca, welcomed into their woods these social refugees, some staying for only a day, some for years, but always around the Fire. Meanwhile, the campfire reputation as an avant-garde cultural center continued to grow, drawing the likes of sculptor John Puskas, adventurer and poet Daniel Thompson, activist Ione Biggs, and environmentalist John Perera, writer Barb Sherwood, socialite Pat Hitt as well as other members of the international community. This fringe establishment congregating around a rustic fire pit at the ARK in Berea became a lay convent for free thinkers and international intellectuals seeking connections between humankind, nature, culture and the universe is where the Beginning of Greater Cleveland’s Sustainable Movement can be traced to. Later in 1987, it all formed into the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) organization. Her work as an International advocate for All Living Things has led to forming several Theories. A sense of “principles or methods” of a science as art followed by practice about what it actually takes to develop peaceful World Children.
Renate explains that “Living in Peace is what all the Worlds Children share in common. Why not teach our kids these things in schools? Aren’t they supposed to learn facts that will make their lives better and healthier along with the values to implement them?” To help answer these questions, ICEA was founded by David and Renate Jakupca in 1987 to meet the compelling needs of ordinary citizens for access to current, balanced, understandable information about complex global issues. ICEA was organized into three divisions: Environmental, Humanities, Arts and Culture, this acts as an umbrella organization of affiliated groups that support related agendas with the idea of creating a prototype ICEA Affiliate Centers that are easily replicable in other communities, cities, states and countries.
ICEA’s mission is the Theory of ICEALITY on Environmental Arts, that is to “Assist in understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and culture ultimately promoting a sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things (Human, Plant and Animal Kingdoms)”. As the first professional organization to be solely dedicated to this endeavor, this has made ICEA a leader in the Environmental Arts Movement and a force for socially responsible activity. ICEA’s unique holistic approach for advocating environmental issues through Iceality was enthusiastically accepted by the United Nations and ICEA was invited to participate in the 1992 EARTH SUMMIT in Rio de Janeiro. David and Renate were on location in Canada but Ben Chavis carried the artwork entitled ‘For the Children’ to the earth Summit for exhibition. “The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) is the blueprint that all NGO organizations should aspire to worldwide. Inspirational, groundbreaking, innovative, encouraging and most important all inclusive. Creativity is strong in ICEA’s hands”. Ben Chavis, UCC at the Earth Summit 1992.
For the World Conference on Human Rights, 14-25 June 1993, Vienna, Austria: Renate returned to her Heimatland as an Official United Nations Observer to the World Conference on Human Rights. At the Conference on Human Rights, Renate, with the approval of U.S. Delegates, Jimmy Carter and Geraldine Ferraro, began recycling and promoting United Nations’ World Conferences through ICEA here in Cleveland. With this partnership with the United Nations, ICEA has influenced a global audience of literally billions of the Worlds Children. The Bosnian War in former Yugoslavia was going on just south of Vienna during the Human Rights Conference. The Neighbor in Need Program was in effect at the Conference with members of the human rights monitoring team which was composed of international representatives assisting in organizing the largest private donor initiative program in the Balkans. Over 42,000 tons of food and medicine were carried by truck loads to 300,000 refugees and dislocated persons (Muslims, Croats and Serbs). The relief deliveries and the distribution were channeled through the Austrian Red Cross and Caritas and the truck loads of goods was dispatched, and the Austrian people were personally thanked by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Working with the Neighbor in Need Program, Renate realized that war affects the Worlds Children in different ways. First, those children are dependent on the care, compassion, and attention of family around them. These family bonds are often disrupted in times of war and refugee children may be forced to substitute care with strangers or lose all adult protection. During the Bosnian War, they were known as “unaccompanied children”. David Jakupca told me during our interview that “…at the UN Conference on Human Rights – Revisited in Cleveland, Ohio, Renate went immediately to the leaders of the Cleveland community with Dr. Werner Lange, Director of the InterChurch Council of Cleveland to organize a local Neighbor in Need Program for Bosnia. This humanitarian action was eventually supported by US Ambassador Milton Wolfe and reached the office of President Bill Clinton. Her lifetime of work advocating for All the Worlds Children at ICEA has been providing training and community networking opportunities for youth for almost 30 years while sponsoring environmental educational workshops, conferences, and national and international exhibitions promoting the building of multicultural diversity and greater global cooperation. This has won her critical acclaim from scores of international institutions and countries including several from the United Nations, the Nelson Mandela Peace Medal, the German Expolino Award, the Helen Prize and the Freedom Award. Ambassador Renate, as the First Lady of Peace is a living marvel as the worlds foremost campaigner for All the Worlds Children. During her travels around the World with the United Nations Worlds Conference Program Ambassador Renate has met many of the world’s most influential people including Mr. and Mrs Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Fidel Castro, Yasser Arafat, Jane Fonda, Presidents and Ambassadors from all 140 countries. Also, numerous leaders in business, education, activist, entertainers and many more connected with the UN Conferences.And that is just part of her story.
- “Respect for human and environmental rights and greater understanding between people from different racial and religious backgrounds must be the first goal of society in today’s fast-changing, globalized world.” This goal is accomplished “By focusing on the creative process and affirming to the principles of the “Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts”. Jakupca’s Theory on Environmental Arts (ICEALITY*) was enthusiastically embraced by the United Nations by 1990 and was featured in many of their World Conferences:
- 1- 1992 Earth Summit on the Environment, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 2- 1993 World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, Austria
- 3- 1994 World Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, Egypt
- 4- 1995 World Conference on Women, Beijing, China
- 5- 1996 Habitat II- UN Conference on Human Settlements, Istanbul, Turkey
- 6- 2000 World’s Fair, Expo2000, Hannover, Germany
- 7– 2001 World Conference on Racism, Durban, South Africa
- 8- 2002 World Summit on Sustainability, Johannesburg, South Africa
- 9- 2003 World Conference on Peace, Verbania, Italy
- 10- 2005 World Conference on Peace, Verbania, Italy
- 11- 2007 World Peace Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico
“The World Conferences-Revisited Program will, in all its work, endeavor to speak out clearly in favor of local, regional and global long-term interests that allow basic problems to be addressed. It will seek always in its work, to promote the interests of the poor, underprivileged and disenfranchised, and show to future generations that multicultural development is an essential ingredient for sustainable development” says Ambassador Renate. The result of this major global public promotion at the United Nations level is that the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts is now considered as the cornerstone of the modern sustainable global Environmental Art Movement and this concept is now replicated by artists, architects, urban planners and sustainable organizations throughout the World, reflecting a still growing global audience. To Read More on Ambassador Renate’s United Nations Revisited Program ‘click here’ Growing up in Greater Cleveland and basing the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) there, she has received the recognition and respect from elected officials there ever since Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich presented the first one in 1982. Mr. Baba Brohi, Pakistan Peace Emissary, founder of Pakistan World Peace Daily and educator in the field of Iceality education supports Ambassador Renate because she is totally committed to her vision and that acts as an inspiration to young people everywhere to contribute to the peace process by creating a nexus of young international leaders committed to building a better future for themselves and all generations of the Worlds Children. On April 16, 1997, David and Renate Jakupca was appointed by Herr Lukardis von Studinitz, Generalkommissiart EXPO2000, as American Cultural Ambassadors to EXPO2000, the Worlds Fair held in Hanover, Germany. Also appointed as EXPO 2000 Goodwill Ambassador from the United States was golfing legend Arnold Palmer. They created the project named ‘The US Network for EXPO2000′ (www.expo2000usa.com ) and modeled after the successful UN Conferences-revisited program. and would be the first time the internet would be used in conjunction with an overseas exhibition. Because of the success of the ‘The US Network for EXPO2000’ project, people from all over the world would use its internet data base to find information on the Fair. Renate Jakupca would eventually spend six month’s in Germany. As part of EXPO 2000’s ‘Culture on the Move’ segment. American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca addressed the 140 Nation Assembly of the concept for a permanent universal symbol of renewal and peace on earth for all living inhabitants through the ‘Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts’. This Universal Symbol of Living Peace was the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM). This project was initiated in cooperation with the United Nations 2000 Culture of Peace Program and organized in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. At the closing of EXPO2000 in October 2000 she was instructed that this not the end of her work as Ambassador but just the just the beginning as its representative on the impact of the future of Mankind.
- However, Ambassador Renate’s humanitarian actions are even more spirited than her words here is a partial list of international projects she has piloted: • ‘People not Mascots’ Logo – The ‘People Not Mascots’ Logo is meant to be a Native American protest caricature of the racists Chief Wahoo logo of the Cleveland Indians Baseball team. The “People not Mascots’ Logo gained international popular attention when it was it exhibited by ICEA at the 1993 UN World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna, Austria and has become one of the most recognized anti-racists logo’s in existence changing the way people worldwide view the trillion dollar sports industry. • ARK in Berea – The historic A.R.K. in Berea is the first structure in Cuyahoga County, Ohio to incorporate sustainable building concepts from the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Hand built in 1994 as a work of art by Environmental Artists David and Renate Jakupca. It is a practical design study for the ‘Theory of Iceality in Environmental Arts’ for future buildings and for the global headquarters of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) and Cleveland’s Eco Village. It is also a pioneer structure for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998. The A.R.K. is hybrid structure utilizing cob, straw bales, aluminum cans, used tires, and recycled construction materials, It helped to address the environmental problems through ‘iceality’ of large urban areas and the trend of remodeling rather than demolishing and rebuilding existing structures. The ARK in Berea is used as an eco-museum, community center, and art studio of American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca. It is recognized as the ‘Birthplace of the sustainable Environmental Art Movement and is registered with the Berea Historical Society, Western Reserve Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society. • Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM) – The concept of a permanent universal symbol of renewal and living peace for all living things was conceived at EXPO200. It was organized in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in a “Universal Peace Equation” is the first major change in achieving a sustainable global Culture Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years •“Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts” is The Science behind Peace and Global Harmony. Developed in 1987, it is the practical study on the aesthetics of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and Culture, ultimately promoting an effective sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things ~ Human, Plant and Wildlife Kingdoms! The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in a “Universal Peace Equation” is the first major change in achieving a sustainable global Culture Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years.
- •The “Iceality Methodology” – is the the most powerful tool in the history of Social Activism……on Facebook! Utilizing the 1987 “Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts”, the ‘Iceality Methodology’ was developed at EXPO2000 the Worlds Fair held in Hanover Germany to promote the building of the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM) and the Great American Peace Trail. Originally designed for MYSPACE, The ‘Iceality Methodology’ has been ‘borrowed’ as a tool for social change by virtually every social activist organization and group on Facebook and is used by over 3 Billion people in a still growing audience. • Building the National Coast-to-Coast ‘Great American Peace Trail’ – The “Worlds Children Peace Monument” (WCPM) and the “Great American Peace Trail” (GAPT) Projects are international, public participatory art projects designed to engage children with cross-cultural awareness in order to attain the common goal of sharing peace and diversity with their neighbors. •The Department of Peacebuilding – Democrats of the Congessional Black Caucus are using the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts as a model for a proposed a new federal agency
SERVICE WITHOUT PROFIT or GLORY: In their 2012 Iceality Silver Revelation, the Jakupca’s called for the Greater Cleveland area to come together to design and create the comprehensive system changes to heal this planet and humanity. In this respect, Renate and David are to be considered a philosophical influence behind the dawning of the millennium’s Sustainable Age. In their works, the Jakupca’s called for a development of their avant-garde trilateral symmetry of social systems to align this vision with real-world social conditions and logistics that contend with the problems facing earth’s future. Recalling Einstein’s admonition, paraphrased here, that a problem cannot be solved by the same thinking that created the problem in the first place. The Jakupca’s, being ever mindful of the ecospheric integrity, advocated that the Iceality on Environmental Arts should be practical and have as a holistic purpose the improvement of all living things and ending ecocide. They always proposed that to accelerate the core building blocks of society, all environment/scientific/artistic work should be done in conjunction for charitable purposes – ‘service without profit or glory’, so they never put financial restrictions on their work. Renate is an indispensable mentor for tomorrow’s young leaders – as you can see she also performs an invaluable function with today’s political, civic, environmental, cultural, religious and other devoted advocates…..all the Worlds Children have found a common meeting ground in Iceality with Ambassador Renate’s generous assistance. The Science behind Peace and Global Harmony should be practical and have as a universal primary purpose the designing of useful things for the improvement of All the Worlds Children. This changed the course of Art in history, from a merely contemplative state, as it was found in ancient times, to a practical, inventive modern state – and this will, it time, continue to lead to the new ‘Methods of Iceality’ that will make possible the Sustainable Age, a Culture of Peace for all Living Things in the following centuries.
RECOGNITION SPEECH ON THE OCCASION OF AWARD OF HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREES IN ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS AND PEACE SCIENCES (HONORIS CAUSA) TO DAVID AND RENATE JAKUPCA, CONFERRED BY THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS (ICEA) IN A CEREMONY AT GERMAN CENTRAL PARK, PARMA OHIO, ON SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2016.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a privilege and honor for David and I to be here and for me to share my thoughts with you today as the recipient of this Honorary Doctorate from an Institution that plays such a big part in developing the potential and talent of All the Worlds Children living in so many different parts of the world.
Forty-six years ago when I received my High School Diploma from Parma High School, I never dreamt I would be standing here today robed in scarlet. In accepting this award, I pay tribute to the heroic, inspirational activists I have worked alongside, including activists in Africa, Egypt, China, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Baluchistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Iraq, Palestine and America.
The greatest honor I’ve had in my life is the privilege to know and support so many amazing, courageous human rights defenders around the world. I walk in their shadow, humbled by their bravery and sacrifice.
I am a Transylvania Saxon and was born in a small village in Austria, shortly after the Second World War. We lived disconnected from the world, but, at a very early stage in my life I found a language which helped me connect to the world and other peoples and other nations. This was and is the language of the arts and culture. This is a language without boundaries and it travels freely and safely among the people of the world.
Speaking this very unique language from an early age after immigrating to Cleveland, Ohio, I have always felt that the world is what we make of it. I just had to find the right way to communicate this idea, so that I could make my own contribution to building a more peaceful world through the arts with the help of an intercultural dialogue.
Thirty years after the creation of the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts, the ‘Universal Peace Equation’ was incorporated at EXPO 2000 in Hanover, Germany. Designed to end the “plague of conflict,” we know all too well that human consciousness has not reached the level where war is unthinkable. All the Worlds Children, especially in poor countries, continue to suffer from the effects of violent conflict. Wars are diverting scarce human and financial resources from key areas such as healthcare and education to military spending, thereby reinforcing poverty, undermining economic growth and stunting progress of nations on all development indicators. In the developed countries, we are perpetuating the culture of conflict by spending the majority of our resources on maintaining the instruments of war, as if the lasting peace can be achieved through the threat of violence.
To the Children, your contribution towards peace is indispensable, because youth is synonymous with creativity and we need creativity to build a global sustainable Culture of Peace. Don’t accept the world as it is. Dream about what the world could be – then help make it happen. Be skeptical, question authority and be a rebel. Do not conform and don’t be ordinary. Remember, all human progress is the result of far-sighted people challenging orthodoxy, tradition and rich, powerful, vested interests. Be daring, show imagination and take risks. You need to use the Theory of Iceality to pursue innovative thinking and action not as an option but as a necessity, for the current state of the world attests that business-as-usual approaches to building peace and sustainable development are not working.
The Worlds Children Peace Monument – the pioneering international project designed to promote peace around the world for all living things, is based on the recognition that sustainable peace begins within Iceality. For me, peace starts with accepting and celebrating differences that distinguish us from each other and at the same time unite us in one family: Human, Animal and Plants. We need to live in unity, serve others compassionately and lead peacefully towards a bright future for All the Worlds Children.
Iceality is a value-driven force that helps individuals and communities define their identities and find spiritual, intellectual, emotional and moral fulfillment.
Promoting the shared awareness of Iceality removes important bases for emergence or re-emergence of violence, and builds personal and social capacity for sustainable peace. Iceality also directly contributes to the achievement of important human developmental goals, such as eradicating poverty, promoting gender equality, combating diseases, and ensuring environmental sustainability.
I am committed to an Iceality based intercultural dialogue and was very fortunate to start working with David in Cleveland in founding the ARK in Berea and developing the International Center for Environmental Arts in Cleveland, Ohio.
ICEA has created joint WCPM programs, thinking and working together with other enlightened Worlds Children in celebration of each others rich, multi-layered culture. These are programs are where the community, business and religious leaders and the government administration joined hands with the young and old, and each one involved contributing to the goal in whichever way they could. The goal is to impart young people with attaining an education, with technical skills which would raise their employability and contribution to a sustainable global society as social entrepreneurs.
International diplomacy through Iceality is the key for us to understand and to create space for an inter-cultural dialogue, and thereby to make the best use of the enormous spiritual and intellectual wealth that the Earth beholds – All the Worlds Children.
May you all have the good fortune to know someone who will give you the motivation to experience the joy and satisfaction you receive from helping others.
With these thoughts in mind, I proudly but humbly stand before you to accept this Honorary Doctorate on Environmental Arts and Peace Sciences which you have so kindly bestowed upon me.
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